Local resident charts his future in Navy

Local resident charts his future in Navy

Lieutenant Tim Hall with a nautical chart with HMNZS RESOLUTION in the background (MC 10-0384-002)

18 November 2010

With a degree in Marine Science under his belt, Tim Hall was looking for a career and now is a Hydrographic Officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Lieutenant Tim Hall, from Devonport, joined the Navy in 2005 and is the Officer in Charge of the Navy’s Operational Survey Unit.

“I lead a team which embarks in HMNZS RESOLUTION when she is surveying.” Lieutenant Hall said, “We travel around the country surveying and the data will be used to update the charts in the area. It challenges you mentally and physically, you develop skills in areas you never thought you would, like draughtsmanship, trigonometry and electronics.”

“My job suits me perfectly as it is a good combination of science, outdoor action, hard work and challenges.”

In December, Lieutenant Hall and his wife, Natalie, are going to the United Kingdom for two and a half years. He has been posted to British Ship, HMS ENTERPRISE as part of a Hydrographic Branch exchange.

“The exchange will give me the opportunity to gain new experiences and skills.”

While in Britain, Lieutenant Hall will complete a six month Advanced Survey course which will see him qualified as a Category A  Hydrographic Surveyor – the penultimate step on the way to becoming a Charge Surveyor.

“A Charge Surveyor is the person responsible for the accuracy of the work completed. This is a big responsibility when you consider all the ships that have to trust your work.” 

Lieutenant Tim Hall and his wife are looking forward to travelling around the United Kingdom and Europe during his time off. 


Littoral Support ship HMNZS RESOLUTION is used to collect environmental data used in operations including Humanitarian Aid, Disaster relief or amphibious operations.

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